• Hall of Famer and former Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent was a camp visitor Thursday and chatted with McClendon.
"It was great," said McClendon, who played running back in high school while growing up in Indiana. "He talked baseball, and I talked football. I told him what a heckuva football player I was, and he told me what a heckuva baseball player he was. So we told a lot of lies."
• While nobody from Seattle will complain about 72-degree weather, the practice-time Peoria temperature Thursday dipped below 80 for the first time since the Mariners pitchers and catchers reported eight days earlier. More distracting was a brisk wind that made life adventurous for the outfielders as they were put through some difficult high pop-up drills by new outfield coach Andy Van Slyke.
"They took advantage of the wind today," outfielder Saunders said with a grin. "We knew they would. As soon as we saw the wind when we were stretching, we knew they'd be shooting us high fly balls. That was fun. The difficulty level was a 10 today for the drills. We had some fun though."
• Although all players with less than three years of Major League service time are automatically under contract, they do have to come to terms on an exact dollar figure before March 11. The Mariners had 27 players on their 40-man roster in that situation until eight of them agreed to terms Thursday -- pitchers Logan Bawcom, Anthony Fernandez and James Paxton, catcher Mike Zunino, infielders Nick Franklin and Kyle Seager and outfielders Julio Morban and Stefen Romero.